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April 18, 2021

Byron surfers collect Australian titles

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Crystal Cylinders

Byron Bay surfers wrapped up two Australian titles over the past fortnight.

Neil ‘Freddo’ Cameron won yet another national title with his win in the O/60s at the Australian Shortboard Titles at Duranbah Beach as part of the 2019 SAE Group Australian Surf Championships.

Duranbah Beach turned it on with great conditions and hollow 1-metre surf. Cameron dominated the final from the start, clocking up a 13.75 heat total. This made it a clean sweep with his win at the NSW Over/60s titles earlier in the year. Along with his consistent success in surfing competitions Cameron puts a lot back into the sport as Byron Bay Boardriders president and his role over many decades as a mentor to a long linage of younger surfers in the Bay.

Byron Bay’s Mark ‘Mono’ Stewart and Dave Munk came first and second respectively in the Mixed – (AS2 / AS3 / SUP) final at the Nudie Australian Adaptive Surfing Titles.

Perfect 0.7 metre wedgy waves gave competitors the perfect platform to show their skills at Leticia Spit on the far north end of Fingal on the Tweed Coast.

Adaptive surfing icon Mark ‘Mono’ Stewart was in first-class form, taking out the Mixed (AS2 / AS3 / SUP) division with two cracking waves, racking up a total of 16.25 points in the final.

‘It’s great to see Surfing Australia putting wave quality first over access to the beach and including us in the Australian Surf Championships. That’s a real step forward for our sport,’ said Stewart.

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